Gather The Women…
“It is a call from the Sacred Feminine to bring the feminine principle into consciousness. It is time to “gather the women” – for only when women are strong together can women be fiercely protective of what we love. Only then, will the children be safe and peace a real possibility.”
Jean Shinoda Bolen.
The Adelaide Hills Moon Lodge is currently under construction. The land is cleared, the yurt chosen and the rest, is a step by step process getting it all set up and ready for circles. From sometime mid-late 2016 we will begin our events.
Traditionally, the Moon Lodge was where the Native American women would gather when they have their monthly bleed. The women in the community held great responsibility to their families and had a big load to carry with their day to day activities. Entering the Moon Lodge each month was a way they would take a break from their day to day responsibilities and recoup. It was a place to rest, dream, reconnect, and be with other women. Upon leaving the lodge, they were then able to further care for their families and communities having had honoured sacred time with themselves and spirit.
Our Moon Lodge is a space provided for the gathering of women and girls as they weave the threads of their life. It is a place where we can come and laugh, cry, sing, celebrate and hold each other as we flow with the tides of our life. Where we can experience the in-breath and the out breath, and the space in-between; and be reminded of the sacred things in our life – our children, our lovers, our sisters , our families and our Mother Earth. Its a simple place where we can return to the heart of community and be present for each other and share our ocean of life experience…
Sacred time is something we all need in our lives. Gathering as women is a time old tradition, and one in which has slowly been lost. Communities have become segregated, we predominantly live in single family households, we often bring up children on our own. We lose that connection to each other and ourselves. Its time to make the reversal. Gathering together, we have that chance to reconnect to ourselves, and to reconnect to each other. It is deeply nourishing as a woman to sit regularly in a circle, and hear our sisters and friends express similar, and often the same blessings and challenges in their life. It is a great reminder that we are all so connected and that life is a joint experience. It gives us strength and reassurance and provides a pillar of support for the tough days.
As women, we need to be with other women. We need this time, away from the daily chatter, so we can remember who we are, and what moves us, and from here be replenished and nourished to then return to the world as the carers we often are. We need time for real conversation about the stuff that really matters in a sacred and honouring space.
Womens circles are not religious. We welcome everyone. Sitting in a circle is about supporting, witnessing, being present and honouring each other as an equal, free from judgement and criticism. It is an intimate gathering where we speak our truth, listen and relate to others. It is where we can sit, fill our cup and be accepted just as we are. We put a pause on the outside world and be present in the sacred feminine energy and become women holding space.
Please remember, our gatherings are not therapy. We are connecting women to women. If situations arise where it may be more appropriate to refer someone to a therapist for help, this will happen.
“You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.
Our teepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation’s hoop, a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children.”
Black Elk Speaks, John G. Neihardt, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London
1932, 1961, 1979.